New York Times Report on Heathrow Noise & SuperAdobe Domes

LONDON - Pity the poor schoolchildren, at least when the jets scream overhead, which they do about once a minute

Students at Hounslow Heath school under a dome that reduces the noise from nearby Heathrow Airport, the busiest in Europe. 'The domes look like hobbit homes, but the school's head teacher, Kathryn Harper-Quinn, said they make it much easier for students to concentrate, especially for those whose first language is not English. "You need to listen to the teacher, but as you need to refocus each time after a plane flies over, you start losing energy," she said.

With the domes, said Caroline Macgill, another teacher, the school is able to hold twice as many outdoor classes and is seeing better results from students.'

Click here to see the full article in the New York Times on-line

Earth Domes Mitigate Risk to Health from Aircraft Noise

Reuters, Oct. 29 - UK researchers say long-term exposure to aircraft noise increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. A five year study focusing on the noise produced by planes flying in and out of Heathrow reveals a higher rate of hospitalisation for people living near the airport than for those who live in quieter environments.

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Earth-Bag Building Course, 6th-8th September at Karuna

Three day practical course led by Julian Faulkner of Small Earth - click here for more details

EARTH-BAG BUILDING, 3 day practical course at Karuna

Learn the principles and practice of how to build with earth using Super Adobe. We will be using technology devised by Iranian Cal-Earth architect Nader Khalili to build rammed earth structures.

Known as Super Adobe this form of building allows for the creation of earth domes which are environmentally friendly, ecologically sound, versatile, affordable, flood, fire and earthquake resistant with brilliant sound and thermal insulation.

  • Introduction to essential principles
  • Hands-on Foundations construction
  • Available natural materials
  • Building and working with earth
  • On-site conditions
  • Bench building
  • Earth stabilization techniques
  • Plastering and finishes

Heathrow Ltd excited by exotic manicured moonscape

Emma-Jane Kirby from Radio 4’s PM talks to staff at Hounslow Heath Infant School along with Small Earth’s Julian Faulkner and Matt Gorman, the Sustainability Director of Heathrow Ltd, BBC Radio 4 - PM, 6th May '13

Emma-Jane Kirby from Radio 4's PM talks to staff at Hounslow Heath Infant School along with Small Earth's Julian Faulkner and Matt Gorman, the Sustainability Director of Heathrow Ltd, in a report on the effects of aircraft noise and how our Earth Domes are aiding outside learning.

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Sandpit and Jumping Tower at Grove Road Primary School

Our sandpit and jumping tower, surrounded by a dry  moat with crawling tunnels at Grove Road Primary School Hounslow

Our sandpit and jumping tower, surrounded by a dry moat with crawling tunnels at Grove Road primary School, Hounslow is now complete and the children are loving it. Work is now progressing on a 4metre dome, pond and water dome.

Sandpit and Jumping Tower at Grove Road Primary School Sandpit and Jumping Tower at Grove Road Primary School Sandpit and Jumping Tower at Grove Road Primary School

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